Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Oscar’s Tavern

Love note #41: Molly Eichel and crew love Oscar’s Tavern

Molly Eichel
Favorite Spot: The back right table at Oscar’s Tavern
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1524 Sansom Street

I am: Philly-born journalist at the Daily News who loves this town probably more than is healthy
Years in Philly: 8, add 12 if you count the surrounding ‘burbs.
Current home: Bella Vista

My love note: Choosing Oscar’s took me a long time, there were so many other options I could have considered: the Italian Market, Towey Rec Center right off the Berks El stop (featuring my fave mural in the city), the public pool at Marion Anderson Rec Center in Grad Hospital, Koch’s Deli in West Philly, but my heart screamed back right booth at Oscar’s, a dingy dive bookended by terrible bars on a street that perpetually smells like stale piss. Why? Because I always know when I can find my friends sitting at the back right booth. And because of Dee the Waitress. She knows my name, she knows my drink, she shows us her vacation photos every time she dares leave us, she brings us snacks and holiday treats. But most importantly, when my friend broke her leg and had trouble sitting at a squished table, Dee made sure that we had that back right booth every time we wanted it. That’s kind of what Philadelphia is to me: It might smell like aged urine, but it’s always got a table waiting for you.

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Center City 2 Comments